Visiting the Kigali Genocide Memorial
Visiting the Kigali Genocide Memorial, The Kigali Genocide Memorial was built to provide a place of rest to the many people who lost their lives during the 1994 Rwanda genocide. In the year 1999, the Rwandan government together with the city provided land for residents to build on a resting place for the victims of the war, and the dead to find and have a peaceful burial ground. The construction of the genocide place started in the same year to date it serves as a burial ground to over 250,000 people.
The Kigali Genocide Memorial is located in the town center, approximately 10 minutes’ drive from Gisozi. The center is placed with different exhibit places with skulls, photographs of survivors. The largest space at the genocides documents the history of the war, the memorial point attributes so much to the history of the thousands of people who lost their lives during the war, this included innocent children and women.
The 1994 Rwanda genocide happened due to tribal wars between the Tutsi and Hutu. Many people of Rwanda became victims of the war, families were displaced and moved to the neighboring countries of Uganda, Burundi and the democratic republic of Congo, hundreds of people were thrown into water bodies, some were recovered while others were not, some were in the forest, it was all bloody.
There are more genocide memorial points like the Nyamata Genocide Memorial, this was a former church situated 30 kilometers south of Kigali city, the victims were buried in this church, it is unfortunate that many Tutsi people gathered here for safety but then it turned out a trapping point, they locked themselves in the church and the Hutu forced them to open doors which led to a massive massacre, the alter cloth to date is still stained in blood.
Visiting the Kigali Genocide Memorial, Besides visiting the genocide memorial, one can experience the Mountain gorillas of Volcanoes national park among many other tourist destinations in Rwanda.